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The presence of sidewalks, green space, healthy food outlets, and trustworthy neighbours can all play a part in minimizing your risks of heart disease. (Shutterstock)

How your community impacts the health of your heart

As 'Heart Month' kicks off across North America, a cardiovascular researcher explains how the neighbourhood you live in can affect your risks of heart disease.
People collect water piped in from a mountain creek in Utuado, Puerto Rico on Oct. 14, 2017, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans were still without running water. AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa

Why climate change is worsening public health problems

Climate change threatens to widen the health gap between the haves and have-nots. Here's why addressing environmental issues that drive poor health is a starting point.
Members of the James Bay Cree gather around the fire as part of a week-long celebration called ‘wellness week,’ aimed at improving personal health and wellness in their community in northern Québec. (David DyckFehderau)

Indigenous group tackles diabetes with storytelling

Like many Indigenous groups around the world, the James Bay Cree of northern Québec have a disproportionately high rate of diabetes. They’re facing it down with a decidedly Indigenous solution.
Woman in a doctor’s office. Overweight people often turn to doctors for help, but doctors often do not know how to help. Africa Source/Shutterstock.com

Why your doctor may not be able to help you lose weight

We turn to doctors to treat cancer, addiction and high blood pressure. And, they have a lot of training and tools to help us. Why is that not so with obesity?
The Wizard of Oz promised results he could not deliver but was convincing in his presentation. Diet wizards have done the same for decades. Insomnia Cured Here/Flickr.com

New medical advances marking the end of a long reign for ‘diet wizards’

Dieting fads have been around for more than a century, but none of them has been shown to curb obesity long-term. The good news is that scientific evidence is revealing treatments that do work.
Pet obesity often says more about an owner’s relationship with their pet than the animal itself. Susan Schmitz/shutterstock.com

Why are so many of our pets overweight?

More than half of dogs and cats around the globe are overweight. Are well-intentioned owners to blame?
A woman exercising. Thousands of people will be doing the same this week in an effort to lose weight, a perennial resolution. UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

Our fight with fat: Why is obesity getting worse?

Despite the efforts of millions of Americans, obesity rates continue to climb. Why is it so hard to lose weight and to keep it off? It's a lot more complicated than just pushing back the plate.
A man who is overweight walking alone in a park. Walking with a doctor could be helpful for overweight patients. Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

Why walking with your doctor could be better than talking with your doctor

Health care providers often recommend exercise to overweight people as a way to lose weight, but that often does not work. Injuries can occur, and frustration can mount. Can walking with them work?
A plate of fattening food is harder for some people to resist than others. Milan Gordic/Shutterstock.com

What thin people don’t understand about dieting

Dieting is a setup. The act of dieting causes physiological changes that make it hard to continue dieting successfully. Here's how the body fights back when some people try to lose weight.
Elementary schools provide excellent targets for interventions to prevent obesity as children spend much of their day and consume many of their calories at school. (Shutterstock)

Is your child’s school an obesity risk?

Research shows that children attending schools with low-quality food environments, in poorer neighborhoods, gain more central body fat -- putting them at risk of obesity and cardiometabolic disease.
As cities in developing countries - like Lagos in Nigeria, pictured here - grow, so do obesity risks. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Developing countries could get sick before they get rich. Policy can help

Governments must understand that the factors making cities convenient and productive also make their residents prone to obesity. They must confront this challenge with intelligent, focused policies.

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